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Child adoption matching: preferences for gender and race

Baccara, Mariagiovanna, Collard-Wexler, Allan, Felli, Leonardo and Yariv, Leeat (2014) Child adoption matching: preferences for gender and race. American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 6 (3). pp. 133-158. ISSN 1945-7782

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Identification Number: 10.1257/app.6.3.133


This paper uses a new dataset on child-adoption matching to estimate the preferences of potential adoptive parents over US-born and unborn children relinquished for adoption. We identify significant preferences favoring girls and against African American children put up for adoption. These attitudes vary in magnitudes across different adoptive parents—heterosexual, same-sex couples, and single women. We consider the effects of excluding single women and same-sex couples from the process, and find that this would substantially reduce the overall number of adopted children.

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Additional Information: © 2014 American Economic Association
Divisions: Economics
Financial Markets Group
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
JEL classification: C - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > C7 - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory > C78 - Bargaining Theory; Matching Theory
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J1 - Demographic Economics > J13 - Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J1 - Demographic Economics > J15 - Economics of Minorities and Races; Non-labor Discrimination
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J1 - Demographic Economics > J16 - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
Sets: Departments > Economics
Research centres and groups > Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD)
Research centres and groups > Financial Markets Group (FMG)
Collections > Economists Online
Collections > LSE Financial Markets Group (FMG) Working Papers
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2013 11:01
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2021 02:52
Projects: SES 0963583, 1158
Funders: National Science Foundation, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

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